Esta Alice “Shorty” Pipkins

Esta Alice “Shorty” Pipkins, 95, of Pocola died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, in Fort Smith, Ark. Shorty was born June 21, 1916, in Pocola to John Eric and Gaitha (Tucker) Gregory. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Andy; two sisters; two brothers; and two grandsons. Survivors include her daughters, Mary Welker and Melba Large of Spiro, Linda Oehlschlager of Poteau; seven sons, Tom Pipkins, Aaron Pipkins of Pocola, Gary Pipkins of Spiro, Paul David Pipkins of Big Cedar, Roy Daniel Pipkins of Hackett, Ark., Kenny Eugene Pipkins of Spiro, and Gerald Don Pipkins of Pocola; three generations of grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; other relatives and loved ones. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, at the First Baptist Church in Pocola. Burial will be in Macedonia Cemetery. Pallbearers will be her sons.   The family will be at the funeral home Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. to visit with relatives and friends. You may leave an online message at
Arrangements are under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Home, Pocola.